The finalists for the 2008 Weblog Awards have been announced, and while I am (obviously) not on the list, several of my favorites are. Here are my votes for the categories I have any stake in, and if you haven’t taken the time to check out these blogs before, now’s as good a time as any.
Best Blog: Hot Air
Best Individual Blogger: Rachel Lucas
Best Humor Blog: Mother May I Sleep With Treacher
Best Comic Strip: xkcd
Best Conservative Blog: Ace of Spades
Best Political Coverage: American Thinker
Best Celebrity Blogger: Wil Wheaton
Best Technology Blog: lifehacker
Best Military Blog: Michael Yon
Best Law Blog: Volokh Conspiracy
Best Literature Blog: Neil Gaiman’s Journal
Best Middle East or Africa Blog: Michael J. Totten
Best Major Blog: Instapundit
Best Very Large Blog: Patterico’s Pontifications
Best Midsize Blog: Argghhh!
Best Small Blog: Nice Deb
You could do much worse with your afternoon than perusing those sites. I would also give honorable mentions to IMAO for Best Humor Blog, Day By Day and Garfield Minus Garfield for Best Webcomic, and for Best Conservative Blog I can give a strong thumbs-up to several of the other sites that occupy my Google Reader: Power Line, Eject, Eject, Eject!, Michelle Malkin, small dead animals, and Little Green Footballs. For Best Technology Blog I would also reccommend Ars Technica, and for Military Blog I would also point you to Blackfive and This Ain’t Hell.
That should be enough links to keep anyone busy for a while.